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Wildscreen announce an evening of natural world film screenings, celebrating award-winning global filmmakers.


  • Bristol based charity Wildscreen, the world’s biggest network of natural world filmmakers, announces a night of film screenings from the Wildscreen Festival 2022 Official Selection on 9 February at Bristol Aquarium.
  • The film line-up celebrates the empowerment of women and underrepresented groups in nature and indigenous storytellers from around the world.
  • This event kicks off 2023 for Wildscreen after the success of Wildscreen Festival 2022, held last October, which saw 1,400 delegates around the globe connect live in Bristol. 

Today (17th January 2023) Wildscreen, Bristol-based charity, and producer of Wildscreen Festival, have announced their first event of 2023 – an evening of feature length and short nature films, selected from their 2022 Official Selection winning programme. 

Introduced in 2020, the Wildscreen Official Selection showcases creative and bold stories that spark positive and restorative action for our natural world. 

Lucie Muir CEO of Wildscreen said – ‘We are excited to hit the ground running this year, with an evening of inspiring film screenings from our 2022 Festival Official Selection. Held in our hometown of Bristol, we are looking forward to sharing stories told by underrepresented voices in the wildlife storytelling documentary genre.’

The evening line-up celebrates four inspiring films from Wildscreen’s 2022 Official Selection programme, as well as exclusive Q&A’s from the feature filmmakers. The films are:

Mother of the Sea (Dir. Nicolas Brown, Prod. Jade Wheldon) This short film tells the legend of The Mother of the Sea – a tale that virtually every Inuit from Greenland to the Canadian Arctic knows in some form or another. This is a “living story”, it’s not about the past; this story is taking place right now. Updated with plastic trash and climate change, telling this tale does more than scare children away from the dangerous ice– it warns us all about the perils of disrespecting Mother Nature.

I Am Capable (Dir. Roxy Furman) After experiencing injustice when hiking in the English countryside, Amira Patel decided she wanted to help create a safe space for Muslim women outdoors. She founded her own group, the Wanderlust Women. They form a powerful sisterhood, finding strength in one another’s bravery in helping to breakdown the stereotypes and boundaries that exist.

Exposure (Dir. Holly Morris) As the polar ice cap melts, reaching the North Pole has become increasingly dangerous. Yet an unlikely expedition of women – including a mirthful Muslim chaplain, a shy French scientist, a defiant Qatari princess, and 8 others – have set an audacious goal of skiing to the pole. Exposure follows the team as they train over 2 years, and finally reach the high Arctic, where they navigate open leads of water, polar bear threats, and -40 degree temperatures in an extraordinary story of resilience and global citizenry. 

Miwene (Dir. Keith Heyward, Jennifer Berglund, Gange Anita Yeti Enomenga, Obe Beatriz Nenquimo Nihua) Steeped in the long oral tradition of Waorani storytelling, Anita Yeti shares her own coming-of-age story as a young Waorani woman living deep within the Amazon rainforest. Following Anita and her community for over ten years, the film captures her transition from a quiet teenager into a confident young mother at a critical turning point for her culture and rainforest. As the granddaughter of one of the last Waorani elders that lived in complete isolation before outside contact, Anita is determined to capture her grandmother’s unique experience while she still can. Each year that passes brings with it new challenges, but with the help of family and friends, Anita balances school, motherhood, and tradition. 

The event will be held at Bristol Aquarium on the 9th of February 2023, with tickets starting at £8. You can book your place now at – https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/an-evening-of-wildscreen-festival-2022-official-selection-screenings-tickets-511757148407 

A number of free tickets have also been dedicated to 2022 Wildscreen Festival pass holders, who can book their place at hello@wildscreen.org.uk. Limited seats available.

This screening is hosted by Wildscreen with support of the BFI Film Audience Network, awarding funds from the National Lottery in order to bring this project to more audiences across the UK.